J A R E D   B E T T S

My paintings inhabit the space where consciousness descends into dream; where pattern and colour expand to become an immersive sensory experience. In this cerebral space, the synthetic fuses with the organic,  and images dissolve  into an amorphous arrangement of marks. I seek to examine this dream-like suppression of recognizable imagery and capture the visceral sensation that bubbles up from underneath.  By combining the graphic edge of mark making with the sublime nature of  the colourfield,  I aim to create a surface  that  is both gently dissonant and hyperactive. Multiple layers of tension - between conscious and subconscious, pattern and color, flat surface and illusory depth – propel my desire to use visual cues as a means of stimulating metaphysical sensation.

Photo: Annie France